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Tourists in the DMZ - 24 Oct 2013
Images of tourists visiting the demilitarized zone separates the two Koreas, in Paju, north of Seoul. With the Berlin Wall and the Soviet Union gone, tourists now flock to both sides of the DMZ, the world's most heavily armed border
established 60 years ago. But what they see is more likely to be tacky than terrifying.

On the south side, souvenir shops sell DMZ T-shirts, DMZ-branded chocolates, DMZ baseball caps and pieces of "authentic" DMZ barbed wire mounted on ceramic tiles. Others sell dusty bottles of North Korean alcohol and miniature combat uniforms.The DMZ, which snakes for 240 km along the 38th parallel, was drawn in the 1953 armistice that ended three years of bitter fighting but left the two Koreas in a technical state of war that still exists.
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October 24, 2013
A tourist poses for photographs with portraits of the late North Korean founder Kim Il-sung (L) and his...
Paju, South Korea
A tourist poses for photographs with portraits of Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il hanging on the wall of...
A tourist poses for photographs with portraits of the late North Korean founder Kim Il-sung (L) and his son and former leader Kim Jong-il hanging on the wall of a mock North Korean classroom at the Unification Observation Platform, near the demilitarized zone which separates the two Koreas, in Paju, north of Seoul October 16, 2013. South Korean soldiers are everywhere on the south side of the misleadingly named Demilitarised Zone. They guard buildings and man roadblocks to keep the invading hordes at bay. Today the hordes aren't North Korean soldiers. They're tourists. Picture taken on October 16, 2013. To match story KOREA-DMZ/TOURISM REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji (SOUTH KOREA - Tags: POLITICS SOCIETY TRAVEL TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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October 24, 2013
A tour guide poses for photographs with a stamp for tourists at the Imjingak pavilion near the demilitarized...
Paju, South Korea
A tour guide poses for photographs with a stamp for tourists at the Imjingak pavilion near the demilitarized...
A tour guide poses for photographs with a stamp for tourists at the Imjingak pavilion near the demilitarized zone which separates the two Koreas, in Paju, north of Seoul October 16, 2013. South Korean soldiers are everywhere on the south side of the misleadingly named Demilitarised Zone. They guard buildings and man roadblocks to keep the invading hordes at bay. Today the hordes aren't North Korean soldiers. They're tourists. Picture taken on October 16, 2013. To match story KOREA-DMZ/TOURISM REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji (SOUTH KOREA - Tags: POLITICS SOCIETY TRAVEL MILITARY)
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October 24, 2013
A woman looks towards North Korea's propaganda village Kaepoong through a pair of binoculars at the Unification...
Paju, South Korea
A woman looks towards North Korea's propaganda village Kaepoong through a pair of binoculars at the Unification...
A woman looks towards North Korea's propaganda village Kaepoong through a pair of binoculars at the Unification Observation Platform, near the demilitarized zone which separates the two Koreas, in Paju, north of Seoul October 16, 2013. South Korean soldiers are everywhere on the south side of the misleadingly named Demilitarised Zone. They guard buildings and man roadblocks to keep the invading hordes at bay. Today the hordes aren't North Korean soldiers. They're tourists. To match story KOREA-DMZ/TOURISM Picture taken on October 16, 2013. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji (SOUTH KOREA - Tags: POLITICS SOCIETY TRAVEL)
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October 24, 2013
A man looks towards the north through a pair of binoculars at the Imjingak pavilion near the demilitarized...
Paju, South Korea
A man looks towards the north through a pair of binoculars at the Imjingak pavilion near the demilitarized...
A man looks towards the north through a pair of binoculars at the Imjingak pavilion near the demilitarized zone which separates the two Koreas, in Paju, north of Seoul October 16, 2013. South Korean soldiers are everywhere on the south side of the misleadingly named Demilitarised Zone. They guard buildings and man roadblocks to keep the invading hordes at bay. Today the hordes aren't North Korean soldiers. They're tourists. Picture taken on October 16, 2013. To match story KOREA-DMZ/TOURISM REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji (SOUTH KOREA)
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October 24, 2013
A visitor poses for photographs taken by her friends (not pictured) in front of military fences decorated...
Paju, South Korea
A visitor poses for photographs in front of military fences decorated with ribbons near the demilitarized...
A visitor poses for photographs taken by her friends (not pictured) in front of military fences decorated with ribbons, on which people have written their hopes for peace and reunification of the divided Korean peninsula, at the Imjingak pavilion near the demilitarized zone which separates the two Koreas, in Paju, north of Seoul October 16, 2013. South Korean soldiers are everywhere on the south side of the misleadingly named Demilitarised Zone. They guard buildings and man roadblocks to keep the invading hordes at bay. Today the hordes aren't North Korean soldiers. They're tourists. Picture taken on October 16, 2013. To match story KOREA-DMZ/TOURISM REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji (SOUTH KOREA - Tags: POLITICS SOCIETY MILITARY TRAVEL)
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October 24, 2013
A visitor takes photographs in front of military fences decorated with South Korean national flags at...
Paju, South Korea
A visitor takes photographs in front of military fences decorated with South Korean national flags at...
A visitor takes photographs in front of military fences decorated with South Korean national flags at the Imjingak pavilion near the demilitarized zone which separates the two Koreas, in Paju, north of Seoul October 16, 2013. South Korean soldiers are everywhere on the south side of the misleadingly named Demilitarised Zone. They guard buildings and man roadblocks to keep the invading hordes at bay. Today the hordes aren't North Korean soldiers. They're tourists. Picture taken on October 16, 2013. To match story KOREA-DMZ/TOURISM REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji (SOUTH KOREA - Tags: POLITICS SOCIETY TRAVEL MILITARY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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October 24, 2013
A shopkeeper uses her mobile phone at her souvenir shop at the Imjingak pavilion near the demilitarized...
Paju, South Korea
A shopkeeper uses her mobile phone at her souvenir shop at the Imjingak pavilion near the demilitarized...
A shopkeeper uses her mobile phone at her souvenir shop at the Imjingak pavilion near the demilitarized zone which separates the two Koreas, in Paju, north of Seoul October 16, 2013. South Korean soldiers are everywhere on the south side of the misleadingly named Demilitarised Zone. They guard buildings and man roadblocks to keep the invading hordes at bay. Today the hordes aren't North Korean soldiers. They're tourists. Picture taken on October 16, 2013. To match story KOREA-DMZ/TOURISM REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji (SOUTH KOREA - Tags: POLITICS SOCIETY TRAVEL)
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October 24, 2013
Military uniforms for children are displayed at the Imjingak pavilion near the demilitarized zone which...
Paju, South Korea
Military uniforms for children are displayed at the Imjingak pavilion near the demilitarized zone in...
Military uniforms for children are displayed at the Imjingak pavilion near the demilitarized zone which separates the two Koreas, in Paju, north of Seoul October 16, 2013. South Korean soldiers are everywhere on the south side of the misleadingly named Demilitarised Zone. They guard buildings and man roadblocks to keep the invading hordes at bay. Today the hordes aren't North Korean soldiers. They're tourists. Picture taken on October 16, 2013. To match story KOREA-DMZ/TOURISM REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji (SOUTH KOREA - Tags: POLITICS SOCIETY TRAVEL MILITARY)
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October 24, 2013
A woman holding an umbrella stands next to a pair of binoculars for tourists at the Imjingak pavilion...
Paju, South Korea
A woman stands next to a pair of binoculars for tourists at the Imjingak pavilion near the demilitarized...
A woman holding an umbrella stands next to a pair of binoculars for tourists at the Imjingak pavilion near the demilitarized zone which separates the two Koreas, in Paju, north of Seoul October 16, 2013. South Korean soldiers are everywhere on the south side of the misleadingly named Demilitarised Zone. They guard buildings and man roadblocks to keep the invading hordes at bay. Today the hordes aren't North Korean soldiers. They're tourists. Picture taken on October 16, 2013. To match story KOREA-DMZ/TOURISM REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji (SOUTH KOREA - Tags: POLITICS SOCIETY TRAVEL)
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October 24, 2013
South Korean high school students look at the Super Viking ride at an amusement park in the Imjingak...
Paju, South Korea
South Korean high school students look at the Super Viking ride at an amusement park in the Imjingak...
South Korean high school students look at the Super Viking ride at an amusement park in the Imjingak pavilion near the demilitarized zone which separates the two Koreas, in Paju, north of Seoul October 16, 2013. South Korean soldiers are everywhere on the south side of the misleadingly named Demilitarised Zone. They guard buildings and man roadblocks to keep the invading hordes at bay. Today the hordes aren't North Korean soldiers. They're tourists. Picture taken on October 16, 2013. To match story KOREA-DMZ/TOURISM REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji (SOUTH KOREA - Tags: POLITICS SOCIETY TRAVEL)
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October 24, 2013
A man looks towards North Korea's propaganda village Kaepoong through a pair of binoculars at the Unification...
Paju, South Korea
A man looks towards North Korea's propaganda village Kaepoong through a pair of binoculars at the Unification...
A man looks towards North Korea's propaganda village Kaepoong through a pair of binoculars at the Unification Observation Platform, near the demilitarized zone which separates the two Koreas, in Paju, north of Seoul October 16, 2013. South Korean soldiers are everywhere on the south side of the misleadingly named Demilitarised Zone. They guard buildings and man roadblocks to keep the invading hordes at bay. Today the hordes aren't North Korean soldiers. They're tourists. Picture taken on October 16, 2013. To match story KOREA-DMZ/TOURISM REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji (SOUTH KOREA - Tags: POLITICS SOCIETY TRAVEL)
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October 24, 2013
Japanese students pose for a photo with a statue of a South Korean military policeman at the Imjingak...
Paju, South Korea
Japanese students pose for a photo with a statue of a South Korean military policeman at the Imjingak...
Japanese students pose for a photo with a statue of a South Korean military policeman at the Imjingak pavilion near the demilitarized zone which separates the two Koreas, in Paju, north of Seoul October 16, 2013. South Korean soldiers are everywhere on the south side of the misleadingly named Demilitarised Zone. They guard buildings and man roadblocks to keep the invading hordes at bay. Today the hordes aren't North Korean soldiers. They're tourists. Picture taken on October 16, 2013. To match story KOREA-DMZ/TOURISM REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji (SOUTH KOREA - Tags: POLITICS SOCIETY TRAVEL MILITARY)
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October 24, 2013
Japanese tourists look at a travel brochure marked by stamps from various tourist sites near the DMZ...
Paju, South Korea
Japanese tourists look at a travel brochure at the Imjingak pavilion near the demilitarized zone in Paju...
Japanese tourists look at a travel brochure marked by stamps from various tourist sites near the DMZ at the Imjingak pavilion near the demilitarized zone which separates the two Koreas, in Paju, north of Seoul October 16, 2013. South Korean soldiers are everywhere on the south side of the misleadingly named Demilitarised Zone. They guard buildings and man roadblocks to keep the invading hordes at bay. Today the hordes aren't North Korean soldiers. They're tourists. Picture taken on October 16, 2013. To match story KOREA-DMZ/TOURISM REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji (SOUTH KOREA - Tags: POLITICS SOCIETY TRAVEL)
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October 24, 2013
Tourists look over the Bridge of Freedom which was destroyed during the Korean War, at the Imjingak pavilion...
Paju, South Korea
Tourists look over the Bridge of Freedom which was destroyed during the Korean War, at the Imjingak pavilion...
Tourists look over the Bridge of Freedom which was destroyed during the Korean War, at the Imjingak pavilion near the demilitarized zone which separates the two Koreas, in Paju, north of Seoul October 16, 2013. South Korean soldiers are everywhere on the south side of the misleadingly named Demilitarised Zone. They guard buildings and man roadblocks to keep the invading hordes at bay. Today the hordes aren't North Korean soldiers. They're tourists. Picture taken on October 16, 2013. To match story KOREA-DMZ/TOURISM REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji (SOUTH KOREA - Tags: POLITICS SOCIETY TRAVEL BUSINESS CONSTRUCTION CONFLICT)
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October 24, 2013
South Korean primary school students walk past a restaurant at the Imjingak pavilion near the demilitarized...
Paju, South Korea
South Korean primary school students walk past a restaurant at the Imjingak pavilion near the demilitarized...
South Korean primary school students walk past a restaurant at the Imjingak pavilion near the demilitarized zone which separates the two Koreas, in Paju, north of Seoul October 16, 2013. South Korean soldiers are everywhere on the south side of the misleadingly named Demilitarised Zone. They guard buildings and man roadblocks to keep the invading hordes at bay. Today the hordes aren't North Korean soldiers. They're tourists. Picture taken on October 16, 2013. To match story KOREA-DMZ/TOURISM REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji (SOUTH KOREA - Tags: POLITICS SOCIETY TRAVEL)
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